the curse of the flying scroll

Zechariah 5


I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.

Zechariah 5
was talking about a flying scroll that symbolized a curse going out through the whole earth. According to different translations of the Bible it would cause people to be:

  • expelled
  • banished
  • cleaned out
  • purged away

I like the AV, ...shall be cut off. It sounds more drastic.

Then said he unto me, This [is] the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off [as] on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off [as] on that side according to it.

The curse was for two kinds of people:

  1. everyone who steals
  2. everyone who swears

When it says everyone who swears, it seems to be talking about swearing falsely by the Lord's name. Most of us usually wouldn't think of ourselves as thieves or people who break oaths, but think about how it could apply to you.

We should be honest in our speech and in our dealings with people.

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